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For a touch of classic style, Sanford is an ideal font. You can download the complete font — not only standard letters and numerals, but a full set of symbols and accented letters — for your use. It has all the elements necessary to set body text in a professional project: while it seems like every other traditional font you're used to seeing, the careful design of Sanford is more than enough to make it stand out among the Times New Roman and Cambria your colleagues likely rely on.
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Mank Sans is a perfect professional font: in addition to its simple sans serif lines, the italic and bold versions are available for your use. The font's character set is complete. While Mank Sans is lighter than many sans serif typefaces considered standard, that fact makes it stand out as a professional font. You can easily use this font in any professional project with the result of a unique yet polished appearance.
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You may find that Liberation Serif deviates more than you might expect from traditional fonts. However, each accent is well thought out and well designed — the mark of careful consideration rather than a rookie mistake. The italic version of the lower case 'f,' for instance, is eye-catching without overwhelming the reader. The font includes a full character set, as well as bold and italic versions. Furthermore, Liberation Serif is easy to read, making it a great choice for any professional project.
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Another font that takes a traditional style and tweaks it, London Between is a modern sans serif that will always stand out in a crowd. The careful styling includes a few angles that are uncommon in professional typefaces; however, they're well executed and carry through not only the base character set, but the symbols, accented letters and even light and bold versions of London Between.
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More Free Professional Fonts
Font directories like Dafont typically divide professional fonts between serif and sans serif categories. Between these two options, there are hundreds of free options. However, it can take some care to select the right font. More than a few of the options would fit well for one professional's projects, but wouldn't work at all in another's office. Furthermore, most professional projects require not only upper and lower case letters, but also symbols and accented letters. Before deciding on a font, it's important to double check that it offers you all the characters you'll need.